After the departure of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was familiar with both Eastern and Western thinking, the new German government is likely to pursue a more aggressive foreign policy, Petr Bystron, spokesman for German right-wing party Alternative for Germany (AfD), told daily Magyar Hírlap.
He noted that while the people of the Eastern Bloc were fighting for freedom and democracy, the now-elected, openly left-wing Olaf Scholz was vice-president of the West German SPD youth organization, Jusos, and also attended the East German state youth organization, the FDJ. As Hamburg’s mayor, he did little to stop the violent riots conducted by anti-extremists at the 2017 G20 summit.
The countries of Central Europe, which have committed themselves to the fight against communist repression, must adapt to this new reality, he noted. Bystron also said new Green Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock would pursue a more aggressive, confrontational foreign policy than her predecessor, the Social-Democrat Heiko Maas.
Under the guise of human rights, Baerbock will interfere in the internal affairs of other sovereign countries, and it is clear from her statements that Germany’s relations with Russia and China will suffer further damage, Bystron explained. He said he believes the new German position will exacerbate international tensions.
He recalled that Germany’s first Green foreign minister was Joschka Fischer, who plunged the country into the “war of abuses against Yugoslavia” and was the first to send German soldiers into war after World War II.